TUESDAY ACTIVITIES GROUP
The Tuesday Midday Activities Group (the Group) was organized at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday, January 24, 1989, under the late Rev. J. Shelton Pollen, Jr. The purpose of the Group has been to provide a service to retired persons and senior citizens to keep them active and involved with each other and the community. The Group offers activities and programs that are of interest and helpful to senior citizens in their daily lives.
Each Tuesday the Group starts the day with Bible study providing an atmosphere to support Christian education, be better informed about scripture and stimulate discussion on values in an ever changing world. Participants have been involved in creative activities such as needle point, quilt making, crocheting, bead making, and quilting. In addition there are games such a Bingo and bridge and opportunities to be current with the latest “moves” through line dancing to keep seniors physically and mentally active. In the recent past classes were held in Spanish.
Speakers are invited to address issues related to financial, health and consumer issues. Officials from the D.C. government, utility companies and health professionals have participated in forums with Tuesday Group participants to speak to the concerns of senior citizens and their families. In addition tours and trips are planned to places of interest and to theater performances.
However aside from fellowship, the Tuesday Midday Activities Group has a great sense of purpose and giving back to the community. The Group maintains a Food Pantry to provide and distribute food monthly to the residents at Capitol Commons and persons in community in need of emergency assistance. Crochet caps and hats made are donated to the Episcopal Center for Children, quilts are donated to local charities for use by newborns or as lap quilts for senior citizens. The Group most recently has been involved with making and donating prayer beads for distribution to our men and women in the armed services stationed overseas.